There are plenty of reasons to make sure you are getting your CARDIO at least 3 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour, but a really big one is that regular CARDIO changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills!!

In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. This research comes at a critical time when one new case of dementia is detected every four seconds globally.

CARDIO exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits of CARDIO exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation and stimulate the release of growth factors – chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells. And if that isn’t enough to get you on the bike ASAP, CARDIO exercise improves mood and sleep and reduces stress and anxiety.